Particular counsel Jack Smith mentioned Tuesday that former President Donald Trump’s ongoing assaults towards prosecutors and judges threatened to affect potential jurors in his 2020 election interference case.
Smith’s group filed paperwork in court docket saying Trump has made “daily extrajudicial statements that threaten to prejudice the jury pool,” referencing the previous president’s repeated statements on social media. Trump, who was indicted by a federal grand jury over his tried coup to stay in workplace, has repeatedly referred to as Smith “deranged” and attacked the choose assigned to the case, U.S. District Decide Tanya Chutkan, as “highly partisan” and “unfair.”
Chutkan warned Trump and his attorneys final month towards making any “inflammatory” feedback about his prosecution, including that doing so would solely add to the “urgency … that we proceed to a trial quickly.”
“I caution you and your client to take special care in your public statements about this case,” the choose instructed his lawyer in August. “I will take whatever measures are necessary to safeguard the integrity of these proceedings.”
However Trump has continued his assaults. On Tuesday, the previous president posted on his Reality Social platform an assault on the particular counsel for an “unchecked and insane aggression” towards him.
Chutkan just lately set a trial date for March 4, 2024, six months away, saying the general public had the appropriate to a swift case. Trump’s authorized group had argued any prosecution ought to be pushed again for years, past any bid for workplace or reelection to the White Home.
“I want to note here that setting a trial date does not depend and should not depend on the defendant’s personal or professional obligations,” the choose mentioned final week.